Police are investigating a group of Maltese divers that posted a photo of themselves posing with the shark they claimed to have caught.
Another ‘public’ posting on Facebook has caused some major consternation among a group of divers who placed a picture on the social media sight saying, “We caught it before it caught us. Whoever thinks we do not do anything, this is what we do.”
Now the shark picture has come back to bite the party after the uproar caused authorities to take notice.
A statement issued by the Environment and Resources Authority (ERA) said, “The shark in question, which in all probability is actually a female Short-fin Mako Shark, is a protected species.”
The ERA added great white sharks, which resemble short-fin makos, were also protected. The furor that the FB post created caused the uploader of the pictures to quickly make them disappear. The group subsequently changed their tune by saying that the photo was “more than a year old” and that they had found the shark “dead as it was washed ashore”
Authorities ended by saying, “The Monitoring & Compliance Unit of ERA is actively collaborating with the Police as the investigation is on-going.”
Photos via Times of Malta